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Newsom suggests wearing mask ‘in between bites,’ is ridiculed online

Last week, the governor’s office asked restaurant-goers to make sure they wear their mask “in between bites” while dining out, earning snark from other Twitter users.

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites,” said the official Twitter account of Office of the Governor of California. “Do your part to keep those around you healthy. #SlowtheSpread.”

The reaction from Twitter users was immediate and brutal.

“Is this… real? Why do Californians vote for these people?” asked one user.

One Twitter user noted that asking people to put their masks back on with every bite contradicts the part of the mask order that says that people should refrain from touching their mask because it spreads the virus to your hands, which is the primary source of infection.

“Wonderful advice. I know repeatedly touching and adjusting my mask is the best way to ensure I remain COVID free. That’s completely counter to EVERYTHING that has been said about mask wearing. Amazing to see this highly dangerous advice released from a government office,” said another user sarcastically.

So far, California has reported nearly 840,000 cases of COVID-19 and 16,000 deaths, which ranks it amongst the hardest hit states by the virus despite having some of the most restrictive mandates in the country.

Newsom first issued a statewide mask mandate in June saying that too many people were going out without masks.  

“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” said Newsom. “California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations.”

But recently the order has come under attack when high-profile politicians have been tagged for not wearing masks when out of camera’s view.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was panned for not wearing a mask at a beauty salon while getting her hair done in San Francisco. The visit to the salon itself was illegal under Newsom’s lockdown orders. California Sen. Diane Feinstein (D) was also caught recently not wearing a mask at Dulles International Airport.

Both Pelosi and Feinstein have been outspoken in support of government mandates on masks. But as one Twitter user pointed out, politicians don’t have to follow their own mandates.

“This, by far, is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a long time and considering this is the US in 2020, that is a pretty high threshold to meet,” says a Twitter user of the Newsom tweet about masking in between bites. “The mask-wearing advice is getting way out of hand, and totally annoying.  I’d like to see the @CAgovernor follow this advice,”

PHOTO: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

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